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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Friday new measures aimed at further restricting international travel as more infectious variants of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread around the globe.
Trudeau has urged Canadians for weeks not to take any non-essential trips outside the country. And he has warned that the federal government could impose restrictions at any time that would make it harder for them to return.
He is expected to follow up those warnings Friday with action in time to stop an exodus of winter-weary Canadians from taking advantage of the coming March break to vacation in warmer climes.
Quebec Premier François Legault has been urging the federal government to require anyone returning from abroad to quarantine for two weeks in a hotel, at their own expense. Trudeau, who has conspicuously left the door open to that option, is expected to adopt it today.
He is also expected to announce other measures to further discourage travel abroad.
Meanwhile, U.S. pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson says trials indicate its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is slightly less effective than approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, but says the J&J vaccine’s effectiveness rises to 100 per cent 49 days after the vaccine is administered.
The company says trials have shown the vaccine to be 85 per cent effective against severe illness a month after the injection is given, and 66 per cent effective against both moderate and severe illness.
But the effectiveness increases to 100 per cent.
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